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My Two Dads From Atlantis

In which Man From Atlantis impresses me by getting steadily worse, and My Two Dads makes me laugh stupid amounts. With, once again, added YouTubery.

Schubert's back. Oh, the celebrations. After giving us a week's grace, in which it was entirely possible that the show's creators had realised how awful he is, and got rid of him, back he comes to dash all hope of salvation. Whilst he was away, he somehow lost the countless millions that allow him to be a nutjob megalomaniac all the time (albeit a hopeless one), so he's now trying to extort money from people. From the research base that Mark supposedly works for, in actual fact, in an effort to get Mark involved as quickly as possible. Except that a research base doesn't have nearly enough money, obviously, so the guy who runs it is randomly in charge of a huge water sports competition, just so that there's something to actually steal money from. No, I don't know why they didn't come up with a sensible plot either, but let's just accept that they didn't. In order to persuade the sports foundation or whoever to give him their money, Schubert has hit upon a plan. Firstly, he blows up a huge plastic bag like a balloon. Then he attaches some pretend legs to it, made from dangly pieces of plastic. Then he floats it about in the sea, and claims it's a mad, killer octopus. Because what else is a bored megalomaniac going to do when he loses his riches? Nobody gets killed by the mad, killer octopus, though. No, that would be too much like danger and excitement. Instead, after scaring a few people (presumably short-sighted ones), it turns out to be completely un-mad and un-killer, and lets Mark follow it home. Schubert has another outbreak of nearly being competent, when he manages to capture Mark - and during one of the increasingly few moments when he's not being superhuman, as well. Might we actually be in for a bit of peril and tension? No. Because Mark develops yet another random superpower, which of course has become his default method of dealing with any threat. In danger? Reveal another superpower! In this case he squeaks a lot, and gets some passing cetacean or other to shake the building. Oh, the excitement.

Oh, and Mark chats to the mad, killer octopus, and it agrees not to be mad and killery anymore (not that it was anyway), and Schubert escapes to be a pain in the neck another day. And guess what? Elizabeth does absolutely nothing, again. And the crew of the submarine do absolutely nothing, again. And, indeed, the submarine itself is entirely surplus to demands, again. Some day they're all going to realise this, and quit. I look forward to that day. In the meantime, this is another largely pointless episode. Is a little adventure in an adventure show really too much to ask?

Elsewhere, in the land of TV that I actually enjoy, My Two Dads is still unexpectedly brilliant; with some minor slips occasionally. There have been two episodes so far guest starring Davy Jones of The Monkees, and they're positively wince-inducing. The rest are good enough to cover for them, but I do get a little tired of the constant insisting that Joey is some kind of heart-throb. In one episode, "Crushed", Nicole's best friend - the bizarrely aged Shelby, who looks at least twenty-five - falls in love with Michael. Nobody can understand why him, and not Joey. Michael is a maths geek! Michael likes Star Trek! They do actually say those things as reasons why anybody with sense should fancy Joey the brainless loud mouth instead. Boy have times changed. Happily. Still, these are minor gripes, and I promised gratuitous Paul Reiser YouTube, didn't I. In these two scenes, one of which I think I mentioned in an earlier post, Joey and Michael are competing to catch the attention of a woman they used to have a crush on in high school. I love this stuff.

Undoubtedly the only time in the entire history of anything when I find an ageing football player more entertaining than a giant plastic octopus.



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Apr. 12th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Actually, it was a 'killer' squid..:hides!: Well, I can't wait until you get to 'The Imp.' Can't wait. Now the geeks rule the world and get all the girls. lol. It was starting to rear it's 'ugly' head in the 80's. LOL. That was a great scene!

Apr. 13th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
It wasn't a squid, it was a plastic bag. :p
Apr. 13th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
I think I remember that episode from 'My Two Dads'. Didn't it end up the woman was writing an article or something so both of them were suckers.
Apr. 13th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's right. It being an American sitcom, she did learn her lesson by the end of the episode, though!
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